TASCA STILL SEEKING SPOT FOR U.S. NATIONALS

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 30, 2008) – While not currently holding a qualifying spot for the U.S. Nationals, Bob Tasca III has two qualifying runs on Sunday to earn a spot in Monday’s 16-car field.

“I think we just might be trying a little bit too hard,” said Tasca. “It’s so tough out here, and Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] has got the worst job in the world to make the last minute changes required to put yourself at the top of the pack. Unfortunately, today and yesterday, we just had more than what the racetrack would hold.”

With 22 Funny Cars entered into this weekend’s event, the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang will be one of 10 drivers competing for the open four qualifying spots still up for grabs for the race.

“We’ll go into tomorrow with a lot of good data from over this summer,” said Tasca. “We’ve had a very consistent car on a hot race track, so I’m really confident that we’ll get in tomorrow. A lot of big names smoked the tires tonight, but we’ll just get up tomorrow and do our job and get ourselves into the race.”

NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:

SATURDAY TIMES

Qualifying Run No. 3: 4.567 ET / 190.65 mph

FRIDAY TIMES

Qualifying Run No. 1: 4.441 ET / 207.43 mph

Qualifying Run No. 2: 4.558 ET / 198.47 mph

– Tasca is competing this weekend with a special Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) wrap on his Shelby Mustang this weekend, designed by six-year-old Sam Millard from Greenville, Texas.

– For photos of Tasca’s JDRF-themed Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/ford_jdrf or to see the video, check out http://www.youtube.com/fordjdrf.

. Sam Millard’s design was chosen as the winner from over 300 designs that were submitted from kids with type 1 diabetes. The online contest for the car designs raised more than $84,000 for research for type 1 diabetes.

The rookie driver is 12th in the championship standings

– Tasca is running a full season and for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February.

ABOUT THE DRIVER:

Bob Tasca III is a 32-year-old rookie in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing nitro Funny Car class. Tasca competed the past three seasons in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Tasca is also a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.

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